Boeing and Bell Helicopter to provide Air Force training and flight simulators for V-22 Osprey tiltrotor
PATUXENT RIVER, Md., 1 Sept. 2011. U.S. Air Force leaders are ordering three CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft training simulators, and upgrades for three existing simulators, from the Bell Boeing V-22 Program at Patuxent River, Md., under terms of a $34 million contract announced Wednesday. The Bell Boeing V-22 Program is an alliance between Bell Helicopter-Textron (NYSE:TXT) and The Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA). The Air Force currently uses the CV-22 simulators at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., using a CV-22 cabin part task trainer (CPTT).
The improved simulators are intended to increase the reality of mission rehearsal and allow the COFTs and CV-22 aircrew trainers located at the same bases to be networked together. The wing trainer helps users practice maintenance.